June 07, 2012

Thursday Night Dinner: Steak and Potatoes

Pan fried marinated steak with dairy free garlic mashed potatoes smothered in a peppery gravy.
Greens? Yeah, there's a bit there but that's not important. STEAK!

The marinade involves a couple splashes of soy sauce.
(I used low sodium, because I saw it and it looked bored. You can use whatever you've got!)

Add a glug or two of olive oil to the soy.

Pick out several spices that you're feeling attracted to and add those in too! I chose cayenne, cumin and black pepper.

To balance things out a bit, throw in a tablespoon-ish of brown sugar.

Mix it all up! Other additions that would be nice include some kind of citrus juice (orange or lime). I added a smidgen of lime juice.

Put your steaks in, cover and let them mingle for at least an hour or two in the fridge. 15 minutes before cooking, take them out and
let them come up in temperature a little bit. This will help with even cooking!
(Who wants a burnt on the outside and cold in the middle steak?)

Heat a (non-stick) skillet on medium high and cook each side until you've reached your desired done-ness.
The "finger test" works really well for me! Here, watch this video of Jamie Oliver cooking steaks.
Fast forward to 5:15, he explains it wonderfully.

As I mentioned in my last dinner post, I tried to make steak until I opened the package and was greeted with the smell of decay. Well, that package was returned to it's butcher and a new pack was obtained just in time for dinner. Luckily I saved the marinade so prepping was effortless! ...well aside from peeling potatoes, which I'd rather not do. But anything for a good helping of mashed potatoes! I made them dairy free, as my mother is dairy-phobic. Easy enough, as all I did was replace cream/milk with unsweetened plain soy milk. I roasted a bunch of garlic and added that in along with a good pat of vegan butter and S&P. The gravy isn't anything special, pan drippings, beef broth, combined with a simple roux and lots of pepper. Totally comforting on a stormy spring evening!

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